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NetDay and BellSouth Host Online Survey for Teachers to
"Speak Up" About Technology

Thousands of Teachers Will Let their Voices Be Heard on May 4, National Teacher Day

ATLANTA, May 4, 2004 – Last October, America’s students had the opportunity to share their opinions about technology in their classrooms. This month, the nation’s teachers have their chance to let their voices be heard. NetDay and BellSouth will offer the first-ever Speak Up Day for Teachers, an online opportunity for teachers in all grades and subjects to share their views about their personal and professional use of technology and the Internet. NetDay is encouraging schools to provide opportunities for their teachers to participate as part of their recognition of National Teacher Day on May 4. The survey, which opened for input on April 14 will stay open through May 7.

Teachers across the country, from rural, urban and suburban communities, will participate. More than 38,000 teachers have already registered for Speak Up Day and already, 6,281 have gone online to voice their ideas through the Speak Up Day survey.

“Following Speak Up Day for Students, teachers said that they wanted to have a greater voice and opportunities to participate online in the national conversation about education technology,” said Julie Evans, CEO, NetDay. “We listened to these teachers and Speak Up Day for Teachers is our response to that challenge. Their valuable input, coupled with the responses we received from students, will be instrumental in shaping education technology policy.”

Education associations and organizations nationwide have collaborated with NetDay on this important initiative. NetDay’s social sector partners have helped in the development of the survey questions and in the promotion of Speak Up Day and outreach to their affiliates, members and client schools.
The two leading teachers organizations, NEA and AFT, are partners with NetDay in Speak Up Day for Teachers. As Reg Weaver, President, NEA explains, “Technology has the potential to unleash a revolution in education, if we give teachers an effective voice in the best ways to incorporate computers and other learning tools in the classroom. NEA is pleased to support NetDay’s "Speak Up for Teachers" and other efforts to give students the skills they need to be effective tomorrow.”

BellSouth and NetDay have three goals for Speak Up Day for Teachers:

  • To collect national data about how teachers feel about using the Internet and technology in their professional and personal life.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of teacher voice as a stakeholder in technology decisions.
  • To shape conversations at the local school level about the role of technology in learning with input from students through the first Speak Up Day and from teachers.

“Teachers are the frontline professionals in education and their point of view is essential in shaping the conversation around use of technology in classrooms,” said Kim Mulkey, technology director, BellSouth Foundation. “We are pleased to build on our support for technology in education by sponsoring this important initiative that will capture the voices and input of thousands of teachers across the country.”

Speak Up Day for Teachers builds upon the success of Speak Up Day for Students 2003, where more than 210,000 students went online and shared their views on technology use. NetDay’s National Report on Speak up Day for Students 2003, Voices and View from Today’s Tech-Savvy Student, is available on

The results of Speak Up Day for Teachers will be released at the National Education Computing Conference in New Orleans in June. The report will also be shared with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Congress and national education groups to continue to influence policy discussions on technology and education. Schools will have free access to their teachers’ aggregated data in June so that it can be used for planning, professional development and technology purchases in the 2004-2005 school year.

Schools and teachers interested in participating in Speak Up Day for Teachers should visit for more information.

BellSouth Supports Teachers
BellSouth has an ongoing commitment to supporting teachers. In 2003, the company launched the BellSouth Quality in the Classroom Teaching Initiative -- a $10 million, five-year initiative designed to assist teachers across the company’s region with professional development and retention - top issues facing teachers nationwide. In each state, BellSouth is partnering with local education institutions and non-profits to design and implement programs customized to local communities.

About NetDay
NetDay's mission is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology. NetDay (, the national 501.c.3 non-profit organization known for its successful school wiring programs, today manages community and web-based programs that promote enhanced student achievement through the effective use of technology. Speak Up Day is NetDay’s latest initiative and focuses awareness on the importance of student and teacher voices in the national dialogue on education and technology.

About BellSouth Corporation
BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s second largest wireless voice and data provider.

Backed by award winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth AnswersSM, residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial up and high speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular® Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth® RealPages.comsm and The Real Yellow Pages®.

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